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Crimping is back and chicer than ever – James Galvin, from the iconic Daniel Galvin salon, tells us why and how to do it NOW

“It’s clear that we have had a bit of an ‘80s and ‘90s comeback when it comes to fashion and as always hair trends have to follow suit. We have seen various different textures in hair to reflect this such as curls and volume but the look that stands out above them all right now is crimping.
“Just like any look, if it’s not done correctly, it can look dreadful. There really is a fine line! It’s all about bringing the look up-to-date and moving it on from the original ‘80s/’90s versions. At the Éthologie SS18 show, where I led the hair team with L’Oreal Professionnel, it was about incorporating the crimped texture with modern finishing. That can include styles such as ponytails, braids, curls, waves… Crimping is fun and you can create many different types of finishes base on the type and size of the crimper you use.

“Playing around with slightly different size crimpers on the same head will create a couple of different textures, which can be very effective – just be careful not to overdo it. It’s so important the hair isn’t ridged with too much product, it has to remain soft and sexy. The difference with crimping from decades ago is that the past looks were extremely large and a real statement, whereas today it’s a lot more understated. This is where you’re seeing very sleek ponytails incorporating a gently crimped mane or a high gloss pony with a slightly airy, crimped, textured tail. Another beautiful look is to lightly crimp hair with very small crimpers and then gently tong the hair to get a loose wave with a crimped texture. Such a beautiful texture.

“When using the crimper, make sure to remember how long you’re clamping the tool on the hair. No need to hold on the hair for too long as you don’t want to damage the hair when you’re styling and make sure not to overheat the ends. And to get an even result, make sure not to overlap as this can lead to an uneven crimped section, which will leave the style looking like a bad job.”